Introduction

The Activity Feed widget is included on your course homepage. Use it to share information and have a conversation with your students as you would with a social media feed.


Activity Feed is a course homepage widget that provides a central location for instructors to post messages and assignments. You can also provide links to course materials and external resources. This gives learners the ability to quickly access links to important materials, comment on messages made by instructors and classmates, and upload files to assignment posts. Instructors can use simple HTML markup to format message posts and assignment instructions.

Details

  1. From the course homepage (tap course title located at the top of the page to access).
  2. Next, select the new button to create a post and then select either Message or Assignment.
    The homepage for a demo course has been displayed. An arrow points to the course title and from the new button to message option.
    •  Message
      • If you would like the message displayed to certain sections, use the Send To drop-down field to select the appropriate options.
      • Next, insert text in the Message area. Limited formatting options are available. 
      • If you would like to disable replies to your message, uncheck Allow Comments.
      • If you would like to attach a file, tap the Attach button (paperclipped paper icon) and then choose an attachment type from the available options.
        The Create a Message page is shown. An arrow points to the Send To button, the Message area, the Allow Comments area and to the attach icon. Image of available file types to select. File Upload, Existing Activity, Weblink, Google Drive File, OneDrive File, and Video from Web.
      • When finished, tap the Post button.
    • Assignment- Instructors can use the Activity Feed to create new assignments and post them directly to their course homepage. The simplified assignment creation process allows you to set a name, instructions, due date, and the option to add the assignment to grades. If your course includes sections, you can create section restricted assignments directly from Activity Feed. Instructors must be enrolled in each section of a course they plan to communicate with or send posts to. Instructors can also choose from four different submission types: file submissions, text submissions, on paper submissions, and observed in person assignments. On paper submissions and observed in person assignments have additional completion type options that are set when the assignment is created. These assignments can be marked as completed manually by learners, automatically on evaluation, or automatically on due date. Files can be uploaded and attached to the assignment post to provide additional details to learners. For file based submissions, instructors can view how many submissions have been made to the assignment directly from the Activity Feed post, and access the submissions from the Activity Feed with a single click.
      • If you would like the message displayed to certain sections, use the Send To drop-down field to select the appropriate options.
      • Next, insert an Assignment Name or tap Select Existing.
      • Then insert assignment details in the Instructions area.
      • If applicable, assign a Due Date and enable the Add to Grades if the assignment is not already in the gradebook and needs to be graded.
      • Next, choose the Submission Type.
      • If you would like to attach a file, tap the Attach button (paperclipped paper icon) and then choose an attachment type from the available options.
      • When finished, tap the Post button.